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Flemish Eye Knot

The chief use of Flemish Eye Knots has been to form the collars of stays, the whole stay in each case having to be rove through it, a very inconvenient device. It is almost superseded for that purpose by a leg spliced in the stay and lashing eyes abaft the mast, for which it is commonly used at present. This eye is not always called by the same name, but the weight of evidence is in favor of calling it a Flemish eye. 

Flemish Eye Knot illustration

How to Tie a Flemish Eye Knot

Video: Flemish Eye Knot

Learn how to tie a Flemish Eye Knot.

Flemish Eye Knot tying illustration

  1. Take a spar or piece of wood the size of the intended eye A.
  2. Around this wood lay a number of pieces of yarn or marline, B, B, B, and fasten them by tying with twine as at C.
  3. Whip the piece of rope in which eye is to be formed and unravel and open out the strands as at D.
  4. Lap the yarns over the wood and the stops B, and fasten together by overhand knots E, worm the free ends under and over and then bring up the ends of the stops B and tie around the strands of eye as shown.